America's Arctic

May 2008

Leasing postponed in Arctic breeding ground

The Bush Administration announced it would postpone oil and gas leasing in most of the Teshekpuk Lake area of Alaska's Western Arctic Reserve for a decade abandoning one of the leading priorities of its 2001 energy plan. BioGems Defenders and other activists have sent tens of thousands of messages protesting the administration's push to allow destructive oil and gas drilling in this extraordinary stretch of Arctic wilderness. Two years ago, NRDC legal action blocked a controversial lease sale in the area, a crucial sanctuary for more than one million migratory birds, the legendary Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd and the threatened polar bear. We will continue the fight in Congress to win permanent protection for the entire Teshekpuk Lake area and other special areas in the reserve.